News en OSHA Fines Arrow Plumbing LLC After Fatal Trench Collapse <div class="field-deck"> Blue Springs, Mo.-based Arrow Plumbing LLC faces more than $700,000 in penalties after a 33-year-old employee died in a trench collapse. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Dec. 15 2016, 33-year-old Donald Meyer&nbsp;arrived at a job site and began to perform his duties as a plumber. He never returned home.</p> <p>While working in a 12-ft-deep unprotected&nbsp;trench, the walls collapsed around Meyer, burying him in 10 ft. of dirt. Rescue crews did not recover his body until that night.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:19:00 +0000 55771 at OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future <div class="field-byline"> John Ho </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee&rsquo;s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:49:00 +0000 55761 at <p>The ergonomics process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders.</p> SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Lockout/Tagout <div class="field-deck"> This upcoming session at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference discusses some of the challenges confounding employers about lockout/tagout and offers guidance to employers to maintain compliance with OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Collin Warren, a partner with Fisher Phillips, knows that lockout/tagout (LOTO) is one of the most demanding compliance issues for employers. As such, it generates OSHA citations that can be difficult to defend.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:00 +0000 55751 at Survey Findings Show Workers are Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies <div class="field-deck"> Survey findings from the American Heart Association show most employees feel they are not trained and unprepared should a cardiac emergency occur. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than 10,000 cases of cardiac arrests annually occur in the workplace.</p> <p>Does your workplace have access to CPR and first aid training? Does it have an&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">automated external defibrillator (AED) should a cardiac emergency occur?</span><br /> <br /> Two new surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that most U.S. employees are not prepared or trained to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:39:00 +0000 55731 at Safety 2017: The 7 Cs of Success <div class="field-deck"> Tom Morris, published author, philosopher and professor, spoke to ASSE Safety 2017 attendees about what mindsets are needed to achieve success. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A smile never left the face of Tom Morris as he energetically spoke to the general session audience at Safety 2017 in Denver.<br /> <br /> Aptly nicknamed, &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Happiest Philosopher,&rdquo; Morris drew on personal experiences as well as those of his friends to demonstrate the 7 Cs of Success. The key elements in the mantra are needed to meet and exceed any goals in life, he told attendees.</p> <p>The 7 Cs involve both inner and external mindsets and skillsets a person must realize in order to move forward and obtain success. They include:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Safety 2016 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:00 +0000 55711 at SLC 2017: Speaker Q&A: Achieving Safety Excellence in Small- to Mid-Sized Companies <div class="field-deck"> Smaller companies present a different set of challenges when it comes to workplace safety. Speakers Bob Toohey and Paul English will tell 2017 Safety Leadership Conference attendees about what best practices they can use to achieve safety excellence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>EHS Today&#39;s</em> 2017&nbsp;Safety Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13. &nbsp;Bob Toohey,&nbsp;CSP,<em>&nbsp;</em>Continental Mills will speak along with&nbsp;Paul English, safety director,&nbsp;CMC Steel Texas, in a session about using critical thinking and best practices to achieve overall safety excellence. This discussion&nbsp;is part of the Safety and Risk Management Track. Here is a preview about what to expect during the presentation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:04:00 +0000 55701 at The Importance of Safe Behavior (Cannot Be Stressed Enough) <div class="field-byline"> David R. Leng </div> <div class="field-deck"> Regulations alone cannot improve safety. Buy-in at all levels is needed to change the culture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although OSHA-compliant, many employers continue to have injured employees. DuPont demonstrated this point through a study of over 40,000 injuries, where it was revealed that unsafe actions caused over 80 percent of injuries. This illustrates that in order to reduce injuries, you need to improve your safety culture.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:10:00 +0000 55641 at <p>Make safety everyone&rsquo;s responsibility, not just that of the loss control department or safety professionals on staff. Safety and productivity can work in harmony. In fact, the desired safer behavior can lead to increased production and profit.</p> Thinkstock Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis <div class="field-deck"> On Dec. 13, 2015, Robert Skidmore died of Legionnaire's disease. The state attorney general alleges his death could have been avoided had state and local officials alerted the public and taken action to stop the spread of the disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Environment Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000 55621 at <p>Multiple Flint-area residents died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease in the time immediately following the switch from Detroit Water and Sewer Department to the Flint River. All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in relation to the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Mich. Skidmore died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease after many others had been diagnosed with the illness, yet no public outbreak notice had been issued.</p> Getty Images Safety 2017: Q&A with Jeremy Bethancourt <div class="field-deck"> ASSE named Jeremy Bethancourt the 2017 recipient for its Safety Professional of the Year award. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ASSE formally will honor Jeremy Bethancourt, LeBlanc Building Co.&nbsp;director of health, safety and training, at Safety 2017, which will be held June 19-22 in Denver.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with <em>EHS Today</em>, Bethancourt explains what receiving the award means to him as well as what safety measures EHS managers can take to protect workers from heat exposure, falls and distracted driving.</p> <p><em><strong>How did you get involved in a safety role? Can you please give readers a little bit of your background.</strong></em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:44:00 +0000 55611 at SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Navigating the Changing Currents of OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Navigating OSHA regulations and employment law is never easy, but speakers Todd Logsdon and Barry Spurlock explore recent OSHA rule and policy changes during their session in the Compliance Track at the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today is conducting Q&amp;As with speakers scheduled to present at the Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13. Todd Logsdon is a partner with Fisher Phillips and he will be co-presenting with Barry Spurlock, assistant professor, Eastern Kentucky University. Their session is scheduled for the Compliance Track.</p> <p><strong>EHS Today:</strong>&nbsp;What is the title of your presentation for EHS Today&rsquo;s Safety Leadership Conference 2017?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA News Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:21:00 +0000 55601 at